Please allow us to take the time to officially introduce ourselves! We hope that our faces are familiar to you if you have come to meetings or other co-op events.
The next Board Elections will be in early 2018. Any interested member-owner will be encouraged to run for the board at that time.
Elisa Joy ‘EJ’ Payne – President
As far back as she can remember, EJ has been in love with the land and all that it produces. From operating a retail garden store and produce farm to connecting people to our local natural areas, EJ has worked to embody the culture of protecting our environment through action, outreach, and community engagement.
EJ and her husband both grew up in the Cedar Mill area, but have called Downtown Hillsboro their home for more than a decade. EJ enjoys gardening, outdoor recreation, watching soccer, and volunteering. As a graduate of the Leadership Hillsboro program, she is always looking for ways to improve community.
Tobi is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and the owner of Eating is a Lifestyle, a nutrition counseling practice in Portland. Tobi and her family moved to Hillsboro in 2016 and are excited to help bring the Co-op to our community. Tobi’s passion for “healthy food for everyone” has carried her through her career in nutrition education with OSU Extension Service and Bob’s Red Mill to helping individuals establish healthier lifestyles in her private practice. Her favorite activity is exploring the world of food, and she is always open to trying new delights!
Adam is a Hillsboro resident who would love to shop at local grocery store that offers high quality affordable food, with an emphasis on local producers.
Adam believes everyone benefits when the distance is reduced between food sources and consumers. He believes we are lucky to be surrounded by phenomenal agriculture here in the Tualatin and Willamette valleys, and he likes that the Co-op will emphasize those ties between local farmers and consumers. Strengthening that relationship is great for everyone!
Dale’s goal for retirement was to volunteer, and he has done just that for the last four years to a high level of personal satisfaction. Besides his service to the Co-op, he is currently a volunteer in a middle school reading intervention classroom and he teaches an intermediate adult ESL class. In addition, he is also a large-scale home gardener.
Brandon recently moved to Hillsboro to an 18-acre farm. The farm was developing sustainable agricultural systems that work in harmony to produce high-quality goods while improving the environment. It invigorated his passion for not only the farming lifestyle, but to support hard working farmers. Co-ops build community and define a part of the community. Brandon is excited to be part of that community and help make it happen.
Heather grew up in Hillsboro and became involved early on in the Co-op’s development in 2013.
How great would it be to have a locally-grown grocery store that bridges the convenience and financial gaps between seasonal farmers’ markets and the traditional grocery stores that offer local, organic, and whole foods? Heather’s answer is, “It would be fantastic. Let’s do this!” She is particularly excited to help bring about a business that is unique to Hillsboro, adds to the sense of place and to community, and raises the level of understanding of food and food systems. Don’t forget fun – “If we aren’t enjoying ourselves, we’re doing it wrong.”
Heather has 10 years experience in the retail horticulture world, received her degrees in botany and environmental resources, and currently works for Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Program. Her strong belief in community involvement has led her to volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, SMART, SOLVE, Citizen Participation Organization 9 Steering Committee, the Hillsboro 2020 Vision Implementation Committee and Hillsboro’s Sustainability Task Force.